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“SCREAMBOAT,” from “TERRIFIER 2” team and based on a certain Disney mouse, sets theatrical distribution and effects team

Friday, April 19, 2024 | News


The movie that turns the star of STEAMBOAT WILLIE into a slasher is coming next year.

The producers of SCREAMBOAT have announced that they’ve signed a deal with Iconic Events to bring their movie to theaters in 2025. Director Steven LaMorte of the horrific Grinch takeoff THE MEAN ONE is behind this macabre Mickey Mouse variant, and is producing with MEAN ONE collaborators Amy Schumacher and Martine Melloul, along with Steven Della Salla and Michael Leavy of TERRIFIER 2 and the upcoming TERRIFIER 3. The synopsis: “A mischievous mouse stalks a group of New Yorkers on a late night ferry ride, unleashing murderous mayhem on a relaxing commute. Can the ship’s motley crew of travelers find a way to stop a killer creature who has developed a taste for tourists?”

Shooting on what the filmmakers promise will be a major bloodbath begins this spring on New York City locations. Christian Beckman‘s Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER) is creating the maniacal mouse, based on designs by concept artist Christian Cordella (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER). The movie will boast a mix of practical effects, prosthetics, miniatures and virtual production to bring Willie and his mayhem to the screen.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Iconic Events Releasing to bring SCREAMBOAT to theaters across the country,” says LaMorte. “We’re collaborating with incredible artists both in front of the camera and behind the scenes to bring a very unhinged horror comedy to life in the way it’s meant to be seen–on the big screen. We can’t wait for audiences to meet our mischievous, murderous mouse!”

“Iconic Events couldn’t be more excited to get in on the ground floor of what is going to be a fun and terror-filled ride,” says the company’s president and co-founder Steven Menkin. “Allowing filmmakers like Steven LaMorte the opportunity to showcase their films in movie theaters nationwide and bring horror fans together to experience this unique story is what Iconic is all about. We are more than excited to partner together on SCREAMBOAT.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).